This is how the holy spirit works

Posted: February 27, 2011 in catholic, personal
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As anyone in business can tell you one of the things you notice in hard times is that the bills you owe always tend to come on time but the checks that you have coming tend to lag a bit.

When your business is your primary source of income the cash flow issue is a source of a lot of worry and tension, particularly with a new business. It can eat you alive.

This morning when I got up more snow was falling, I just got a big batch of bills and was feeling very low. I headed to mass with my son to church and almost got stuck going up the hill. When we got to Mass today’s Gospel Was Matthew 6:24-34 where Jesus says:

No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment ton? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.

During his sermon after the Gospel Fr. Bob pointed out that this doesn’t mean do NOTHING, it means do instead of worrying when you can and when you can’t, put it in Christ’s hands. As he said in the Bulletin:

Worry is like a rocking chair–you pass the time but you don’t go anywhere. That was one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings. Those old folks had a lot of wisdom, you know.

Whenever we are faced with a dilemma and we find ourselves worrying, that’s the time to step back from the situation and ask ourselves: “Is there anything I can do about it right now?” If there is , do it. You’ll feel better. If there is nothing you can do, then what good will worrying do? Nothing at all.

“But I have to do something! I’m a nervous wreck!” So, that’s when we pray for serenity and peace. As Jesus taught, “Seek, first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you besides.” If our prayer life is in order, everything else will follow as God directs. “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take are of itself.”

It’s quite a coincidence that this would be the Gospel today when I was even talking to my oldest about the family financial issues and wondering if the my own set of bills were going to be paid on time. Then again I would suggest it isn’t a coincidence. The Holy Spirit knows what you need and tends to put you in the right place at the right time, if we only have eyes to see it.

Comments
  1. Don says:

    You make a great point that has bugged me since I was about 20 years old (I’m only 34). I kinda-sorta morphed into what you could call “agnostic” in my middle-teen years, after being raised as a protestant. I grew up going to church twice on Sunday and Wednesday nights. I used to like it and even sang in the choir as a kid. Once I grew into the rebellious teenager I of course rejected everything I had learned and considered myself intellectually superior to those who taught me what would become to be the basis of all my moral decisions (oh what a fool I now consider myself).

    As I have matured, I have seen many personal financial problems and ethical problems. I realized belatedly that every time I was forced to tackle a problem, I would use the wisdom I received in my formative years to solve it. I took a depressingly long time to realize that my religious upbringing resulted in a pretty solid moral compass and a capacity to see what I used to consider “luck” to be all too common. I am slowly beginning to realize that “luck” cannot account for all of the “miracles” that have happened to me in my relatively short life so far.(it would take me days to describe them all, let me just say that I have lead an unusually blessed life so far, considering the choices I have made)

    I just wanted to comment because your post sort of moved me. Increasingly I see the work of God in everyday events, be it politics, world events, or just personal “luck”. I’m probably not getting the meaning across like I’d wish. I’m more convinced as I get older that there really is something bigger than life at work that humans will never fully understand. I’ll probably never consider myself as a religious person but I will always be grateful that I was raised like one.

    Like my Dad told me once when we were talking about this very same subject-“It’s not true because it’s in the Bible, it’s in the Bible because it’s True.” Your life really is better when you are honest and treat others like you wish to be treated. That is a lesson I am glad I internalized at a young age. Hang in there man, good luck to you and keep up the good work.

  2. Peter Warner says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is both insightful and edifying.

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  3. cathy says:

    The Holy Spirit knows what you need and tends to put you in the right place at the right time, if we only have eyes to see it.

    I believe you are very right in this. I can look back at any times I’ve been so blessed to hear a homily that could have been written specifically for me — and so often at a Mass that is not my usual time, or regular church!

    And so many other kinds of uncanny coincidences which, like Don’s “luck,” were so much more, and so much more meaningful when I was open to the possibility that I was being guided.

    The worrying is a big issue for me. I like so much the way you put it:

    … do instead of worrying when you can and when you can’t, put it in Christ’s hands.

    “Giving it to God” is so much harder than it sounds — but it does get easier with practice!

    Thank you for this lovely post.

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